It is no secret that Real Madrid have made it a mission to secure the signing of Jude Bellingham in the summer transfer window of 2023.
The Merengues are intent on signing a new top-quality midfielder as they look to transition from the veteran pairing of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. And Bellingham has emerged as the top target for the Spanish capital giants.
Real Madrid have been hard at work to try and tie up the signing of the England international for months together now. And, according to MARCA, Los Blancos believe that they have done everything in their power to sign Bellingham.
Their efforts to sign Bellingham nearly pay off as reports have indicated that the 19-year-old is preferring a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Bellingham has yet to give a definitive yes to the Merengues.
It is further stated that Bellingham is aware of the contractual details that Los Blancos would be offering him while he understands what it would mean to don the whites of Real Madrid.
At the same time, Real Madrid are aware of the competition that Manchester City offer in the race while they have not forgotten about Liverpool either, who remain in the hunt despite reports suggesting that they have moved on to other targets.
Dortmund, for their part, are preparing for the potential departure of Bellingham but would demand a fee in excess of €120 million for his services.
However, Real Madrid are of the idea that they will offer €100 million in fixed payments and cover the rest of it in variables and add-ons.
While the two clubs share a good relationship, negotiations will still be tricky as both parties would seek to benefit most from the deal. Everyone involved will seek a swift resolution to the matter and look to avoid a long-drawn saga.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.